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Legendary Guitarist Ricky Gardiner Passes Away at 73, Fans Pay Tribute

Ricky Gardiner, guitarist for David Bowie and Iggy Pop is no longer with us. He died at the age of 73. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the musician. Continue reading to know more about the cause of his death.

What was the cause of Ricky’s death?

The Scottish guitarist passed away on May 13, 2022. He had been battling Parkinson’s at the time of his death.  As per the reports, the news of Gardiner’s death was confirmed on Facebook by Tony Visconti who co-produced Low. The musician’s wife Virginia told Tony about his death.

Iggy Pop paid a heartfelt tribute to his friend on Twitter upon hearing about his death. He tweeted, “Dearest Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coveralls, nicest guy who ever played guitar. Thanks for the memories and the songs, rest eternal in peace.”

What was the first band Ricky was in?

Ricky Gardiner was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1948. He was inclined toward the field of music from a very young age. Gardiner was a self-taught musician. He joined his first band, the Vostoks, at school in 1962.

Later on, Ricky became a part of his first major rock band, Beggars Opera, in 1969 and he ended up recording a total of six albums with the band which became a cult favorite across Europe. He was then invited to play on Tony Visconti’s solo album “Inventory,” which led to his introduction to Bowie.

How did the fans react to the sad news?

As soon as the news of Ricky’s passing away came out, the fans couldn’t stop themselves from paying tributes to the guitarist on the social media platform Twitter.

One fan wrote, “Another sad farewell. Raising a glass to Ricky Gardiner, one of rock music’s unsung heroes. Working with David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1976-77, he created the immortal lolloping riff of The Passenger, and the transcendently beautiful guitar solo for Always Crashing in the Same Car.”

Another fan tweeted, “Sorry to hear that Scottish guitar hero Ricky Gardiner has died. He played on David Bowie’s Low and Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life. He wrote the music for The Passenger. When I was a teen that was the only “alternative” track they’d play at our local disco.”

Followed by a user who penned, “Listening now… Beggars Opera’s “Waters of Change” (1971). Having just heard of Ricky Gardiner‘s passing, I thought this is the most appropriate album to remember him.”

One user wrote, “Lust for Life benefited from a lot of spontaneity & was largely recorded as the #moon was waxing towards full. The song Success epitomises this jubilant energy and the album on the whole shows imaginative qualities consistent with this rising #lunar energy.” RIP Ricky Gardiner

These were a few reactions of the fans to the demise of the artist. We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Ricky Gardiner during this hard time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


  1. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year ago at the age of 67. For several months I had noticed tremors in my right hand and the shaking of my right foot when I was sitting. My normally beautiful cursive writing was now small cramped printing. And I tended to lose my balance. Neurologist had me walk down the hall and said I didn’t swing my right arm. I had never noticed! I was in denial for a while as there is no history in my family of parents and five older siblings, but I had to accept I had classic symptoms. I was taking amantadine and carbidopa/levodopa and was about to start physical therapy to strengthen muscles. Finally, I was introduced to Kycuyu Health Clinic and their effective Parkinson’s herbal protocol. This protocol relieved symptoms significantly, even better than the medications I was given. After I completed the treatment, all symptoms were gone. I live a more productive life. I was fortunate to have the loving support of my husband and family. I make it a point to appreciate every day!


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